First and foremost, let’s remind you that Buddha, Gabri, and Sara all entered this episode with high expectations. We imagined that all three of them would have some sort of chance at claiming the title. Past performance really doesn’t matter that much in the past, though for a lot of the last month we thought that Buddha was the frontrunner. He’s also the reigning champ within the US version of the franchise! Yet, Sara won the last elimination challenge. This is all about the final meal, and what these contestants are able to do in order to impress some of the best chefs in the world.
Given that this finale is also the send-off to Padma Lakshmi as host, we do think that things are perhaps even more interesting than they would be otherwise … and of course, they were primed to be interesting from the get-go.
Now that we’ve set the table, why not start to get into more of the meal?
Who won the finale in the end?
There seemed to be a real debate between technique and flavor and beyond just that, it also felt like they really strung this out! It was hard to know just what was going to happen here until the final seconds. Buddha IS the winner of the season. It is a little bit anticlimactic but at the same time, it makes a lot of sense. He now also can stake a pretty big claim as one of the best contestants that we’ve ever seen, and of course we’d love just some sort of all-winner season someday in order to better dive into that.
What did you think about the events of the Top Chef season 20 finale?
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